Feature subset selection in large dimensionality domains

Iffat A. Gheyas, Leslie S. Smith

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Searching for an optimal feature subset from a high dimensional feature space is known to be an NP-complete problem. We present a hybrid algorithm, SAGA, for this task. SAGA combines the ability to avoid being trapped in a local minimum of simulated annealing with the very high rate of convergence of the crossover operator of genetic algorithms, the strong local search ability of greedy algorithms and the high computational efficiency of generalized regression neural networks. We compare the performance over time of SAGA and well-known algorithms on synthetic and real datasets. The results show that SAGA outperforms existing algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-13
Number of pages9
JournalPattern Recognition
Issue number1
Early online date24 Jun 2009
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


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